The Mississippi Living Will is a document that comes from the combination of a power of attorney and an advance health care directive that allows a person to declare in writing what their medical wishes are should they ever fall into an incapacitated or terminally ill state. Mississippi uses Title 41, Chapter 41, Sections 201 to 229 to establish the provisions for these documents. These statues allow a person, referred to as a Principal to provide written consent or refuse consent to any medical procedure that would prolong the dying process. In Mississippi, a living will must be dated and signed by the Principal who must be over the age of 18, and signed by at least two witnesses; one of which cannot be related.
The first step that the Principal will take to complete their living will be to provide their own information. This information will consist of their full name, their gender, complete address, and telephone number. Next, the Principal will appoint his or her Advocate by providing his or her full name, address, and phone number. If the Principal wishes to appoint an alternate Advocate who will step in, in case the primary Advocate is unavailable, the Principal will provide his or her Alternate's information here. The next section will detail exactly what medical interventions the Principal will and will not consent to. This section will also cover other related information such as physician information as well as potential anatomical donations. Lastly, the document will be signed according to statutory standards. This means that the Principal will sign the living will in the presence of his or her two (2) witnesses.